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Tata Steel plans exciting Events for December during Jamshedpur Winter Fest 2017

Jamshedpur, December 13, 2017

The month of December brings the most eagerly anticipated event every year, the centerpiece of the Jamshedpur Winter Fest, the Jamshedpur Carnival.  Complete with a Carnival Parade with floats and live bands that winds through the heart of the town and ends in Jamshedpur's largest open space, Gopal Maidan, this year's Jamshedpur Carnival is a four- day music, dance, games and food fete where the city truly comes together.

Giving his views on the Jamshedpur Winter Fest at the start of the events, Mr. Sunil Bhaskaran, Vice President Corporate Services, Tata Steel had said, “Tata Steel has always been closely involved in the life of the town, through its various programs and events. A couple of years ago, we felt that it would be good to bring residents of all ages, from all communities, together, in one big open celebration, through the Jamshedpur Carnival. This year, we have brought the Carnival and the numerous events we hold throughout the season under one giant umbrella -- the Winter Fest 2017, giving residents and visitors a reason to come together, participate, and revel in this city. We hope that this will attract visitors; that more and more people from outside the city will discover its many charms, and make this a winter destination, because it is certainly an open season of action and entertainment!”

The carnival itself is chock-a block with events. One of its biggest draws is the Dance Competition, where local dance academies and schools vie for a prize with performances on a theme that must combine various genres as different as Bharatnatyam, Chau, Salsa and Hip Hop! Aspiring singers participate in the local Sa Re Ga Ma competition. Each competition culminates in a celebrity performance, including a Mega Musical Night!

One of the lead organizers of the carnival, and in particular, of the dance competition, Mrs. Vandana Mathur speaks to the popularity of the dance festival: ''The idea of having a dance festival is to provide a common platform to all school children, many of whom hail from humble backgrounds, and local dance academies, a chance to display their talent. The competition has become a prestigious one, opening doors for local performers; and for lovers of classical and contemporary dance, a chance to experience the performing arts by novices, as well as masters. We hope that very soon, the dance festival will attract competitors from neighboring cities and towns as well, so that Jamshedpur becomes a regional cultural centre".

The Four-day Carnival (December 18 – 21, 2017) is dotted with a whole number of other colourful events. This will be followed by the Flower Show on December 23 – 26, 2017 at the Gopal Maidan itself and and the Jam@Streets event on December 24, 2017 on Bistupur Main Road.

Rock and Roll fans can enjoy an evening of thumping rock music, where bands from all over Jharkhand come to play. For kids, the Game Zone set up in the Maidan has quite a few challenges in store. Foodies can savour the delights of the food festival, organized by the Jamshedpur Hoteliers Association. Budding chefs can take part in a Master Chef cook off! While budding artists can take part in the painting competition organized by the Jamshedpur School of Art.

Flower lovers can feast their eyes on hundreds of varieties of colourful blossoms at the29th Annual Flower Show hosted by the Horticultural Society in the last week of December.  Friends of the dogs can see a variety of breeds, large and small, at the International Annual Kennel Club show, one of the few of its kind to be held outside of metros in India. For budding numismatists, the Coin Collection Exhibition that comes into town every year brings a treasure to behold.

Out station visitors coming to Jamshedpur during this period can also experience Jamshedpur's more permanent charms, best experienced in winter! A trip to the Jamshedpur Zoological Park located in Jubilee Park, the 'green lungs' of the city,for a glimpse of the zebras or lions. Those into trekking can take a trip to the Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary with the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation, where they are certain to meet Champakali and Rajni, two rescued elephants, one a senior citizen, the other, a cub. A trek or drive up to the hilltop, and one may even spot some wild elephants and flying squirrels! Dimna and Chandil lakes offer rafting and boating on placid waters. If a waterfront picnic is preferred, then its best to savour some snacks and hot tea from local vendors, near Dimna Dam, as lake waters lap at the shore.

And while in Jamshedpur, a visit to the Tata Steel Centre for Excellence is a must, for a look at the archives, to get a feel of how this unique town came about. As for all selfie buffs, a simple drive around Jamshedpur's many parks, scenic walkways, and the riverside should provide more than ample opportunities for clicks!

What's more, the short distances in Jamshedpur make it perfectly possible to pack in multiple activities in one day. Golfers can start the day with a round at the greens, take the kids for a visit to the zoo later in the morning, or even a trip through the highway, to one of the lakes.

Visitors can stay in the numerous hotels that have sprung up, that cater to different budgets, and the local Hoteliers' Association, one of the partners in the Fest, is here to accommodate visitors who come in at this time.  There's an entire season's worth of fun, packed and waiting in the Winter Fest 2017 in Jamshedpur, a town that also makes steel!

About Tata Steel

Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 27 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) as on March 31, 2017. It is the world's second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50 countries. The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $18.12 billion (INR 117,420 crore) in FY17. Tata Steel Group is spread across five continents with an employee base of nearly 74,000. Having bagged the Deming Application Prize and Deming Grand Prize for continuous improvement in 2008 and 2012 respectively, Tata Steel has now been recognised as the global ‘Industry Leader’ in ‘Steel category’ by Dow Jones Sustainability Index (2015). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has also been felicitated with several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2013-14 (received in 2017), Best Risk Management by CNBC TV18 (2016), ‘Best-in-class Manufacturing’ award from TIME India (2016) and the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from the Ethisphere Institute (2016), IIM Sustainability Award (2015), among several others.

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